Category Archives: Motoring

City AM Bespoke: How McLaren discovered a sprinkling of stardust

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Summoning the spirit of Major Tom, we take McLaren’s most refined supercar to England’s industrial birthplace. Words: Adam Hay-Nicholls. Continue reading

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City AM Bespoke: The Prancing Moose

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Driving onto a frozen lake with traction and stability control switched off, I’m starting to regret the 20-course meal of pig’s head, decomposing leaves and bird’s liver custard that’s in my belly. But that’s the price you pay for experiencing the finest and wildest that Sweden has to offer.

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Intersection: Election Drive

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You don’t need me to tell you that the 2016 US presidential election was the most bitter, divided and downright ugly of any living person’s lifetime. Yet despite this, with 41.6 percent of eligible voters not casting a ballot, the winner wasn’t Donald Trump, it was apathy. But I did my bit. I may not have the right to vote in America, but I did my darndest to uphold democracy in the land of the free by borrowing a Bentley and driving people to the polls. Continue reading

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City AM Bespoke: California Dreamin’

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A trip to Tuscany in a Prancing Horse shows Ferrari still evokes an almost spiritual passion in its homeland, writes Adam Hay-Nicholls. Continue reading

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Goodwood Road Racing Club: Maserati to Monaco

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I got a few weird looks as I unloaded my soiled wellies from the back of a Maserati as I checked into Monaco’s elegant Hermitage Hotel. Where on earth had I been, the valet must have thought.
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Intersection: The Art of Chauffeuring

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City AM Bespoke: Love Bite from a Spider

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The 488 Spider drove me to drink petrol. There was no warning when it ran out of fuel. OK, the gas light came on about 40 miles back but the way I was driving it, with ‘race’ mode selected on the manettino dial and some heavy application of the right pedal, that distance came and went pretty fast. The car coughed twice before the power died and the steering went heavy. Not ideal when you are up a narrow switchback somewhere in the Ligurian mountains and the nearest petrol station is far from walkable. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Blown-up Barbie Car

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As controversial as the EU referendum, the world’s foremost luxury Range Rover have lopped the top off their Evoque in a bid to create a new lifestyle niche; the cabrio SUV. To some, this is the best of all words. To others, it is a motorized selfie stick. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: The Most Important Aston Ever Built

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We take the Ferrari-baiting new DB11 for a drive through prancing horse territory. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: The A-list Invitation

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There are four bungalows situated behind the high walls of the notorious Chateau Marmont, each a source of parties and privacy for starlets and rock n’ rollers. Mine has a particularly macabre claim to fame; the master bedroom was where comedy icon John Belushi checked out permanently. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Mid Range

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Positioned between the urban cowboy’s Evoque and the big full-fat Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport manages to do what no other SUV can; it’s equally brilliant on and off the road, writes Adam Hay-Nicholls. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Alfa Gets Its Groove Back

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The Alfa Romeo 4C is the quintessential Italian sports car – ferociously fast, gobsmackingly beautiful and totally uncompromised. Adam Hay-Nicholls holds on tight. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Ghost Story

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The Rolls-Royce Ghost II is a marriage of tradition, high-tech, opulence and restraint. Adam Hay-Nicholls enjoys the ride front and back. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: If responsibility is sexy then this Volvo is Alexander Skarsgård

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The Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription feels incredibly Swedish, in the best possible sense; classy and restrained, with a hint of noir about it. If a forensic psychologist arrived at your door in one of these, investigating the murder of your business associate, you would be very worried indeed. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: First Love

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You may love many cars in a lifetime, but you only ever have one first love. For Adam Hay-Nicholls, it was an Aston Martin. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Muscle Stimulant

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Most cars are born to be forgotten. The Daewoo Matiz, for example, is a perfectly serviceable hatchback but it’ll never be passed down the generations or wind up on display at the V&A. Cult cars are a rarity but the Ford Mustang is definitely on the list. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Teutonic Talent

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The Porsche 911 is often described as the best all-round sports car on the planet. Is the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabrio the best of all? Adam Hay-Nicholls gets to grips with a German icon. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Norman Conquest

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Foreboding skies, bracing wind and incessant rain set the scene for my drive along the Normandy coast, but the rolling of thunder you hear is the gargle of my Bentley Mulsanne Speed. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Driving It Home

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Classic cars are not only sexier than stocks and shares, they’re the ultimate high performance investment. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Grace Over Fire

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The subtle Maserati Quattroporte GTS may hide its light under a bushel, but make no mistake; this is a four-door Ferrari. Adam Hay-Nicholls sweeps through France in the most aristocratic of super saloons. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Bigger Mac

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The McLaren 650S is the connoisseur’s supercar. It makes commonplace Ferraris look like high-street imposters, writes Adam Hay-Nicholls. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Back to its Roots

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BMW returns the company to what it does best with the M235i Coupe , writes Adam Hay-Nicholls: a simple, fast, fun two-door that could very well be the ultimate driving machine. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Polo with an Italian Stalion

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Where to take a thoroughbred Ferrari for a weekend? Ascot’s Coworth Park will stable your prancing horse. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: The Cat that got the Full-Fat Cream

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A limousine with the heart of a prize-fighter: Adam Hay-Nicholls slips behind the wheel of Jaguar’s sportiest CEO-wagon, the XJR-L. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Speed of Light

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Adam Hay-Nicholls reports from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, where three of the boldest supercars created a big bang. Continue reading